COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the third-consecutive week, Colorado State has earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week awards. Middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer earned conference honors for the second-consecutive week, this time as the Offensive Player of the Week announced by the conference office on Monday morning. This is the fourth career conference weekly award for Hillyer.
Kirstie Hillyer again helped Colorado State to two sweeps last week, including knocking off the conference leader, Fresno State. The middle started the week with eight kills against Utah State, and posted a career-high .800 hitting percentage, not recording an error in 10 swings. She also put up three blocks in the sweep over the Aztecs, including one solo. In Saturday's match against the Bulldogs, she led the Rams with 12 kills hitting .611, including posting six kills in the second set. The middle also posted four blocks against Fresno State with three coming in the pivotal first set.
For the week, Hillyer totaled 20 kills, while hitting .679 and adding seven blocks in two sweeps as the Rams returned to the top of the standings in the Mountain West. Over the last two awards, the redshirt junior is second on the team with 40 kills, 3.08 kill/average, hitting .516, while totaling a team-high 20 blocks – six solo – for a 1.54 average.
Colorado State will finish its crucial portion of the Mountain West schedule tomorrow night, hosting Wyoming at 7 p.m., for the second Border War of the season.